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Lovense Mirror Life Review: Max Pleasure?

By M.Christian

If you’re a fan of erotic video games, you know how the genre has exploded over the last few years. So much so, the best word to describe all these new titles would more than likely be daunting.

But what if I told you there was a game that has:

  • quality graphics.
  • multiple points of view.
  • been built from the ground up with sextech integration in mind.
  • VR support.
  •  the low, low price of free!

Best of all, it’s from Lovense, our well-regarded leader in the sextech industry.

Welcome to Mirror Life. Though not perfect, it’s a fantastic example of what erotic games can and should be doing – because it’s far more than that.

 

What is Mirror Life?

The game side of Mirror Life is pretty simplistic. That’s not to say it’s bad, but that’s not where its real strength lies.

As the player, you’re a rather-generic male that can erotically interact with a few equally-generic female characters. I’d put the art style between realistic and cartoonish, though not in an unattractive way: imagine them walking the line between hentai and the always-creepy Uncanny Valley.

The body physics are pleasantly bouncy but again, not too widely exaggerated. Under the hood, it’s clear the programmers knew their stuff, as Mirror Life runs ultra-smoothly, no matter what sexual antics the characters get into.

Where you can play is also limited, with players able to put their partners through their paces in either a stylish bedroom or a down-and-dirty gym.

What you can do boils down to two choices: check out the females getting their pole-dancing on, or put them through a good range of sexual positions. The variety of the latter is quite nice, covering many of the basics and a few exotic gymnastics thrown in to keep things lively. Perhaps in a future update, they’ll allow for customized positions, or the ability to create and share customizations, as you would with a playlist.

In its favor, Mirror Life also boasts an exceptionally neat feature I wish was a standard part of every erotic video game: besides watching the erotic goings-on in the third person or with a free-floating “fly cam” view, you can see everything through your character’s eyes. This makes Mirror Life’s VR support all the more exciting.

All this is good, but again Mirror Life wasn’t meant to be a stand-alone game; instead, it was meant to demonstrate Lovense’s mastery of sextech integration – which it excels at.

What Sextech is All About

We all know Lovense is a sextech designer and manufacturer. While most are aware of their products’ quality and effectiveness, how well they play with each other – plus adult entertainment sites like PornHub – is where they’ve particularly shined.

Getting personal for a moment, I’m the happy owner of a vulva-focused Nora, and a sleeve-type Max 2, designed for those of us equipped with penises. Aside from having a ball with each, I was particularly amazed by how seamlessly they connect to my computer and smartphone via Bluetooth.

Seriously, smooth as silk doesn’t come anywhere close to describing how easy my toys were to set up. So much so that, when choosing a toy to enjoy, I predominantly choose my Lovense toys, for quality of manufacture, design, but more so because I don’t have to fumble and grumble trying to get it to connect to my computer or smartphone.

After your toys link to your personal setup, whatever happens to one will be mirrored by the second – in the same room or across the globe. It’s really quite cool to experience a thrusting Nora causing a Max 2 appropriately react, for example.

If adult entertainment’s your thing, many porn sites offer a way for your favorite Lovense’s product to respond to the on-screen action. Sure, not every video is compatible, but there’s more than enough of them to have a good time. You can also make your own unique interactivity playlist to whatever downloaded content you have, through the Lovense Media Player.

Now we get to why Mirror Life was made. Not giving Lovense a hard time, but I honestly think they should drop “game” from its description and replace it with something more appropriate, like “experience.”

Because Mirror Life doesn’t just require a Max 2, but without one, it’s pretty pointless. With both, though, you’re all-but-guaranteed to have an absolutely, completely, and utterly wild time.

Like all of Lovense’s smart products, Max 2 perfectly connects to similar sexual devices on some adult sites, but Mirror LIfe was built for the job, resulting in mind-blowing integration. Including having the Max 2 apply more or less pressure, or this or that pattern of vibrations or oscillations, depending on your character’s sexual position in the game.

Comparing the Mirror Life experience to other adult entertainment sites that also offer interactivity, you’re immediately struck by the difference. It might be an odd thing to say about a motorized sextoy, but Mirror Life gives the Max 2 a sense of subtlety: where those other sites and games will make it go off and on, faster or slower, Mirror Life adds a range of unique gradations and combinations to its actions. All of which makes the experience gloriously, and arousingly, life-like.

But the fun doesn’t stop there, though, as Lovense has yet more innovations up its Mirror Life sleeve.

Virtual Pleasures with Mirror Life

The other element Lovense made an essential part of Mirror Life is Virtual Reality. Looking at the game’s site, you’ll immediately see that it’s compatible with VR systems like the HTC Vive, the Samsung Odyssey, or the Oculus Rift. Bummer though, if you have any other rig, but – fingers crossed – we’re hoping that sometime in the not-too-distant future, Lovense will give us some more-affordable VR options.

Maybe even, shall we dream, a smartphone version? The graphics would need to be dialed back, but for people with tighter budgets, it’d give them a chance to sample how fun this level of integration can be.

But if you already have a Vive, Odyssey, or Oculus Rift, then you’re in for a real treat. Remember that first-person mode I mentioned? Well, by using that coupled with one of those VR rigs, Mirror Life can go from a great to a fantastic adult entertainment experience by fully immersing you in its erotic play, allowing you to see and interact with the action in three dimensions. Add the amazing Max 2 integration, and you’ll be able to feel it, as well.

Installation and Set-Up

Firing up Mirror Life is far from challenging. Go to the Mirror LIfe site, click download, then install it like you would any other PC application.

Mirror Life is currently only available as a PC-exclusive game. Lovense is reportedly working on a Mac version – to which we emphatically, yet politely, encourage the folk at Lovense to get on with it!

If you do have a PC, and it meets the game’s specs, then running it is a piece of computer cake. Though if your set-up doesn’t have Bluetooth, you’ll need to pick up a necessary dongle so Mirror Life can communicate with your Max 2, and vice versa, as well as with your smartphone. If that sounds intimidating, don’t worry, as you can purchase one of these little do-hickeys directly from Lovense.

Once that’s all sorted, turn on your Max 2, open the application (or your Bluetooth settings), and keep an eye out for it. Then, after finding and selecting it, and confirming your hardware is talking to your software, you’ll be all set.

Pros:

  • Built by and for Lovense’s Max 2 male masturbator.
  • Full VR support, with many features designed specifically for it.
  • Pleasant graphics.
  • Multiple sexual positions.
  • Free to download and play.

Cons:

  • PC only.
  • Requires Lovense’s Max 2.
  • Only works with high-end VR systems.

Lovense Mirror Life Review: The verdict

As I said above, judging Mirror Life as a game is neither fair nor accurate as it was designed to be used with a Max 2, and is therefore an experience.

But as a demonstration of sextech and adult entertainment potential, Lovense knocked it out of the park. So much so, it genuinely has to be felt to be believed.

If there’s a downside, it’s that after enjoying how well the Max 2 responds to Mirror Life, it might make you a tad jaded: expecting other games or adult sites to deliver the same amount of interaction.

And if VR’s your thing, Mirror Life’s first-person mode will do the same. Seriously, why isn’t this standard on every erotic game?

Tying this all together, if you own a Max 2, then there’s absolutely no reason not to give Mirror Life a shot. It’s even better when you have both and a compatible VR rig.

Besides, what have you got to lose? After all, Mirror Life‘s not only fun but free!

Installation and System Requirements for Mirror Life

Name: Mirror Life

Manufacturer: Lovense

System Requirements

Lovense Max 2

PC:

  • Intel Core i5-4760K @3.5 GHz
  • AMD FX-8350 @4.0 GHz
  • 8 GB RAM DDR3
  • Hard Drive: 5GB
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 78
  • Bluetooth Compatible

VR:

  • Intel Core i5-4760K @3.5 GHz
  • AMD FX-8350 @4.0 GHz
  • 8 GB RAM DDR3
  • Hard Drive: 5GB
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
  • HTC Vive, Samsung Odyssey, Oculus Rift
  • Bluetooth Compatible

 

Written by M.Christian

M.Christian (they/them) is a passionate sex tech enthusiast, BDSM educator, kinky podcaster, and well-known erotica writer. Whether they’re reviewing smart vibrators or pondering the future of human sexuality, Chris tries to bring a smile--or an orgasm--to as many people as possible. Their fiction includes six novels,12 collections, 50+ short stories, and editing 25 anthologies. They’ve also written 700 articles, reviews, and essays on everything from BDSM tips and techniques to the best Lovense sextoy for rocking your world. Find more at http://www.mchristian.com or on Twitter at @mchristianzobop

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